NFF Announces 2010 FBS College Football Hall of Fame Class
May 27, 2010
NEW YORK -- From the national ballot of 77 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees, Archie Manning, chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, announced the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class, which includes former players Randy Cross (UCLA, 1973-75), Sam Cunningham (USC, 1970-72) and Pat Tillman (Arizona State, 1994-97).
The full 2010 College Hall of Fame Class is listed below:
DENNIS BYRD - DT, North Carolina State (1964-67)
RONNIE CAVENESS - C, Arkansas (1962-64)
RAY CHILDRESS - DL, Texas A&M (1981-84)
RANDY CROSS - OG, UCLA (1973-75)
SAM CUNNINGHAM - RB, USC (1970-72)
MARK HERRMANN - QB, Purdue (1977-80)
CLARKSTON HINES - WR, Duke (1986-89)
DESMOND HOWARD - WR, Michigan (1989-91)
CHET MOELLER - DB, Navy (1973-75)
JERRY STOVALL - HB, LSU (1960-62)
PAT TILLMAN* - LB, Arizona State (1994-97)
ALFRED WILLIAMS - LB, Colorado (1987-90)
BARRY ALVAREZ - 118-73-4 (.615) - Wisconsin (1990-2005)
GENE STALLINGS** - 89-70-1 (.559) - Texas A&M (1965-71), Alabama (1990-96)
** Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee
'We are incredibly proud to honor this year's class of Hall of Famers for their leadership, athleticism and success on the college gridiron,' said Manning, a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. 'They are all well-deserving of this recognition, and we look forward to celebrating with them and their families in New York. The NFF Honors Court and its chairman Gene Corrigan did an excellent job in selecting this outstanding group.'
The 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 7, 2010, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined in 2011.
Offensive Guard, 1973-75
A staple on UCLA's offensive line during his time in Los Angeles, Randy Cross led the Bruins past top- ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl.
A starter in 28-of-34 career games, including his final 23 games after moving from center to an offensive lineman, Cross was named a First Team All- American in 1975. He was named a First Team All- Pac-8 selection during his senior year en route to helping the Bruins to a share of the 1975 conference title. He also won UCLA's George W. Dickerson Award as the team's most outstanding lineman in 1974- 75.
Selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1976 draft, Cross played 13 years and won three Super Bowls with the franchise. Missing only eight games in his professional career, he was named to three All-Pro teams and was voted the San Francisco 49ers' Man of the Year (1985) for his work in the community.
Cross currently serves as an analyst on CBS College Sports. He also founded the Randy Cross Invitational, a golf tournament that has raised more than $5 million for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford's Children's Hospital. He and his wife Patrice have three children, Kelly, Crystal and Brendan, who is a freshman on the Wake Forest football team. He resides in Alpharetta, Ga.
Running Back, 1970-72
Credited with inspiring College Football Hall of Fame coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant to integrate southern football, Sam 'Bam' Cunningham earned the nickname for his bruising goal line dives throughout his career with the Trojans.
Playing for College Football Hall of Fame coach John McKay, Cunningham rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries against Alabama as a rookie in his first game. His performance that day in 1970 against the Crimson Tide provided a catalyst for the integration of southern college football. A member of the Trojans' 1972 national championship team, Cunningham scored four touchdowns in the 1973 Rose Bowl and was named the player of the game. Cunningham was a team captain in 1972 and was named the USC Back of the Year. A 1972 First Team All-American, Cunningham played in the 1973 Hula Bowl, College All-Star Game and Coaches All- America Game.
Drafted 11th overall in the 1973 NFL Draft by the New England, he played nine seasons for the Patriots. He was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team in 1978.
Following his football career, Cunningham has been active in raising money for cancer and currently works as a landscape contractor in Englewood, Calif. He is the older brother of fellow College Football Hall of Fame nominee Randall Cunningham (UNLV).
Arizona State University
The first-ever Arizona State player to be named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Pat Tillman is the sixth Sun Devil to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame.
A two-time First Team Academic All-Pac10 selection, Tillman led the Sun Devils to the 1996 Pac-10 title and a berth in the Rose Bowl. Named team MVP in 1997, Tillman finished his ASU career with 230 career tackles. He was named Sun Bowl MVP in his senior season and has since been inducted into the Sun Bowl Hall of Fame. Tillman was also named the 1997 Sporting News/Honda Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1998 NFL Draft, Tillman spent three seasons in the NFL before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Tillman, a U.S. Army Ranger, served tours in Iraqi Freedom (2003) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2004) before he was tragically killed. Following his death, he was awarded a Purple Heart by the U.S. Army and a Silver Star by the U.S. Military. Tillman was posthumously honored with the NFF's Distinguished American Award in 2006.
The Pat Tillman Foundation was established in his name to promote scholarship, the sprit of community service and supporting veterans, active service members and their dependents. Its signature event, Pat's Run, attracts more than 27,000 participants each year. He is survived by his wife Marie.
About The National Football Foundation: Founded in 1947 with leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl 'Red' Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship,
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